Freedom Caucus Co-Founder: ‘A Lot of Conservatives’ Against Spending Bill
Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus, predicted on CNN’s New Day on Monday that conservatives in Congress would vote against a proposed compromise on federal spending.
“I think you’re gong to see a lot of conservatives be against this plan this week,” Rep. Jordan said. The Republican also revealed that he personally wouldn’t vote for the legislation.
Anchor Chris Cuomo led into his interview of the congressman by pointing out that the new spending bill “adds billions for military and border security, but there is no money yet for the President’s border wall. The President didn’t get the cuts he wanted either for the NIH and Planned Parenthood.”
Rep. Jordan underlined that the previous short-term spending bill was passed so Republicans could “fight for the things we told the voters we were going to fight for.”
The Ohio politician also noted that the compromise “maintains this idea that for every new dollar you spend in defense money, you got to give the Democrats more money in non-defense. That’s, again, not what we campaigned on.”
Congressman Jordan later lamented, “I wish we would have pushed harder on the issues I just talked about. I really do.”
Jordan also emphasized, “We make this job too complicated. Our job is to do what we told voters we were going to do….And now, it looks like we’re not going to do that. I think that’s a problem.”
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